Silver lining, silver lining . . . . gotta be here somewhere.... oh, here it is. Lost race for Statewide office while running a campaign built on candor, integrity, effort and grassroots support. Left the field of battle with head high, despite mud and underhanded tactics. Will be back.
There we go. That will do nicely.
Just wanted to say a few things about this year:
(1) Thanks to Blue NC for helping elevate the profile of the LG race - a race for an office that has little importance when not occupied by a person of imagination and ideas, but which can have a crucial effect on the priorities and direction of State Government when it is. I hope Sen. Dalton will lead in that way.
(2) Congratulations to the winners, all of them, whoever you are, even if you just feel like a winner because you got your Mom to vote for you and nobody else did.
(3) Thanks to the volunteers, all of you, for whichever candidate you worked for. It's not easy, and it's not paid. But it is inspiring to see. I do not consider pollgreeters to be nuisances, as one idiot who attacked me last week called them. I find them to be helpful, engaging and exactly what our Democracy needs. Fewer consultants running negative campaigns, more volunteers.
For the second time in my political volunteer "career," I was responsible for coordinating other volunteers, and I was driving around Wake County all day, spending 13 straight hours wearing my Blackberry the heck out, I found myself wishing I could just park myself at a polling place and convince a few hundred people why Hampton Dellinger was the right choice. I eventually did that at Tarboro Road and Method Road community centers for the evening rush. Best part of the day.
(4) Thank you Wake County. Hampton won my county. Not by as much as we needed to, but we beat a sitting State Senator with all of the infrastructure of the party behind him. We took on the Senators' network, which was fully engaged here behind some folks who have held on to power for a VERY long time (see cover article in this weeks Indy for details), and won this county - and I am confident we would win it again. New networks are forming, new activists are rising, and Wake County is going to change. I promise you that. Pages turn - that's life.
Unfortunately, it was a statewide race - but that's not important right now. [clear throat forcefully]
(5) Thank you for understanding bosses, spouses and children. Time on campaigns is time away from baseball games and ballet practices, anniversary trips postponed, billable hours not entered. When another campaign writes your employer and outs you as a hated "blogger," it helps to have your employer look at the letter and laugh and say "anonymous complaints go in the trash can." So, I now turn to the other important things in life. Family and work.
(6) Finally, but only so to take advantage of the importance of recency to human recollection - thanks to Hampton Dellinger and his family. North Carolina missed a great opportunity to elect a true progressive to a statewide office. I was blown away by his hard work and unfailingly positive outlook. He is a genuinely nice guy who wants to serve, and he ran a beautifully executed insurgent campaign. Unfortunately, Dalton ran a beautifully executed frontrunner campaign. There will be a next time, and I am heartened by the fact that any objective observer of this race would conclude that Hampton Dellinger, a first-time candidate, ran a hell of a race and leaves it with integrity, honor and the votes of hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians.
Now, I am off to find out what is on my desk.
Talk to you again soon.
Proud Dellinger Volunteer